Students at a Lutheran university in Minnesota will be out hunting among the various vendors to buy the health insurance required by the college for attendance – or else will be trying to piggyback on their parents’ plans – effectively immediately because of Obamacare’s new rules and regulations.
The college announcement about its changes was reported on by CampusReform.org.
According to its website, the school dropped a program that it previously had offered to students.
“Gustavus Adolphus College expects all students to carry adequate health insurance during their enrollment. While the college will not be offering a plan for students because of recent changes to student health plan regulations and the Affordable Care Act issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we offer you the following resources to consider: 1. Staying on or enrolling in your parents health insurance …. 2. Purchase your own coverage through a private vendor. 3. Apply for state medical assistance through the county in which you live.”
A letter from college officials sent to students, and forwarded to CampusReform, confirmed the message, stating, “Recent changes to student health plan regulations and the Affordable Care Act … have resulted in our reconsideration of offering a voluntary health plan to Gustavus students.”
The letter continued, “The result is that Gustavus will discontinue offering any health care coverage for students.”
Student Rebekah Cleary told CampusReform, “It’s unfortunate the plan had to be canceled due to politicians tinkering in Washington. When I tore my ACL the [old] plan covered almost all of my expenses. I don’t know what I would have done without it.”
One of the most controversial requirements of Barack Obama’s strategy to control health care in the U.S. is that all employers must provide contraceptive and abortion coverage at no additional cost.
Because of that, a long list of other universities already have taken another route: filing lawsuits against the federal government.
Wheaton College, Billy Graham’s alma mater, was among the most recent to join that action, filing suit over the federal demand. A number of Catholic universities earlier launched the campaign. And EWTN and Priests for Life have taken similar actions
One other group, Catholic Franciscan University, several weeks ago also announced it would drop student health care coverage because of the Washington mandate.
A spokesman for Gustavus did not respond to a WND request for comment.